Finding common ground in disagreements

man with his head in his hands while another man points his finger at him

Collaboration is a part of everyday life, and in the marketplace of ideas, conflicts are bound to arise. When they do, it is critical that both sides come to a resolution so they can continue their work. In this session, learn how to find common ground in areas of fundamental disagreement - and how to quickly move forward together.


Loraleigh Keashly

Loraleigh Keashly, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. Her research, teaching and consulting focus on conflict and conflict resolution at the interpersonal, group, intergroup and organizational level. Her main research focus is the nature, effects and amelioration of uncivil and bullying behaviors in the workplace with a particular interest in the role of organizational structure and culture in the facilitation or prevention and management of these behaviors. She has focused her recent attention on the academic environment and works with universities on these issues. She has developed and conducted trainings in building bystander efficacy to take constructive action in challenging situations.

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  • Doctoral students
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Format: Virtual
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom


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